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RATINGS: 880   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Barley, wheat, rye and oats provide the foundation for this big stout. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, creme brulee. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish. Such a robust beer stands well by itself, but also makes a wonderful end-note to any rich, indulgent meal. Discover the secret of combining this roasty ale to sweets, by pairing with dark chocolate or caramel, or even by pouring it over ice cream.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2010
750 ml. Black body. Frothy brown head, lasting. The aroma is malty with notes of roasted grain, dark chocolate and caramel. Notes of resin and grapefruit along with some vanilla. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Rich stout with a strong flavor of chocolate that works well with a woodiness perhaps from the resinous bitterness. At the same time, nothing is overpowering as is the case with many imperial stouts. Nicely balanced. Another excellent beer from Boulevard.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Dark brown, creamy bubbly beige head. Chocolate, ethanol, lightly green, well balanced nose. Flavor is a bit decadent, brownie chocolate and with considerable hop bitterness through the finish. Chalky end, more cake and brownie.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2010
750ml bottle from a trade or picked up while in south bend. my forgetful self can’t recall.... pours a dark cola black with lighter reddish edges at the top and bottom of the pour. head started off thick and soapy but receds to a thin film of light tan coloration.... aroma of dark roast, black licorice, subtler chocolate tones and dark fruits. stays predominantly on the richer sweeter side of the house which is about what was expected.... flavors are roasty with chocolate overtones while dark fruits play a supporting role. anise and more fruit, almost on the tart side, come into play mid-palate and beyond. a little heat detection on the backend to boot which certainly makes itself known. body is on the lighter end with soft to medium carbonation. something makes this not sit that well with me unfortunately.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Supertrapped (6) - USA - NOV 12, 2010 does not count
Wonderful, dark, and rich. A bit light in body. Full on flavor. One of my favorite stouts out there. Only thing to make it better would be a bourbon barrel dark truth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Eclipsed chestnut with ruby highlights. Gentle pour raises a voluminous light-khaki mountain of foam which slowly condenses. Pleasant nose of bubblegum, cocoa, smoke, star anise, chocolate mousse, metallic char, and plums. Light whiff of burnt popcorn and butter toffee. Soft, expansive carbonation. Clean, airy, and light in weight upfront, with an immediate vibrant bubblegum push entwined with an earthy medley of gritty roast and bitter cocoa. Advancing flourish of alcohol generates substantial warmth and a bit of sharpness. Exceptionally clean and bright, yet gorgeously adorned with Belgian yeast throughout. The heart of the beer is appreciably augmented by a juicy floral-hop smack and a clean, understated assortment of fruity esters. Nip of liquefied-chocolate residuals quells the smoke-tinged roast as it clings to the tongue long enough to lessen the body-thinning phenols and cottony grip of the roast. Well-attenuated finish features a savory interplay between cookielike malt and whispers of smoke and cocoa fused with spicy accents of sprucelike hops and star anise. Sulfuric snap emerges late and lingers alongside the subtle bubblegum and tingle of char. A balanced and subtle rendition. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Dark black pour with a mountain of tan foam. Big coffee and fruit aroma with lots of chocolate and some mild hops. Roasty and fruity at the beginning of the flavor with a light chocolate and smoke middle. Finishes smooth and roasty with some bitter chocolate and smoke. A bit thin-bodied but really nice in the flavor department.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2010
(750 ml bottle) deep black with large tan head. Aroma of roast malt, coffee. Flavor is roast malt, coffee, dark fruits, herbs.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16407) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750 ml bottle. Aroma of sawdust and cocoa. Taste of smooth chocolate. Pretty straightforward stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9372) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750mL. Poured a deep brune with a healthy, yellow, lacing head. Aroma is floral hoppy, herbal fresh, citrus, orange candies. Taste is roasty, cocoa butter, dry, spicy rye, earthy/oatmeally rye, medium bitterness, drying cocoa powder, dough, caramel. Dry palate for imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Cola, chocolate nose, some light chalkiness. The taste is light to moderately sweet, lightly bitter, actually it’s very smooth, lots of milk chocolate, some spicy rye. Very smooth and drinkable for the ABV. Nicely done.


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